Aims of the League of Friends
The aims of the League of Friends are quite simple: "to raise funds to help with items which would benefit the patients that the Trust cannot fund". In an ideal world, we shouldn't need to fund equipment requests but, as we all know, the NHS and trusts cannot purchase everything but have to prioritise.
However, we do not buy office furniture as we think these items should be funded from departmental budgets.
The list of items we help to provide are varied. For instance, we paid for metal detectors in the A&E department which are used on children to detect any metal coins etc. they may have swallowed. This saves them having an x-ray investigation which means the trust saves money and the child doesn't get distressed. We also helped the trust buy top of the range machines costing thousands of pounds.
As long as it benefits patients we will help if we can, because patients are and always will be our first priority.